DSL NewsWire: SC Youth Ballet Invites Area Studios to First Annual Showcase

Summerville [SC] Civic Ballet, a nonprofit company for dancers ages 9 and older, has designed the First Annual Lowcountry Dance Invitational in an effort to unite local studio dancers and choreographers while promoting dance education and appreciation in the Lowcountry.

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DSL NewsWire: Choreographer Up For Challenge of Mississippi River Boat Ballet

Patrick Scully wants to stage a ballet this summer in the Twin Cities that takes place on the Mississippi River and stars dozens of vessels as the “dancers.” The idea, called the Mississippi River Boat Ballet, might seem a bit far-fetched, except that Scully has pulled off a boat ballet before.

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DSL NewsWire: The Royal Ballet Crosses the Pond; Plans Stops in DC, NYC, Chicago

Ever since it was reported that The Royal Ballet would visit Washington and Chicago in 2015, rumors have been swirling about a New York stop. The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog has announced that the rumors are true.

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DSL NewsWire: Website Offers Free Music for Ballet Variations, Pas De Deux

Two dancers from Italy have created a website that provides free recordings of musical variations and pas de deux from popular ballet often danced by students in competition or auditions, such as Cinderella, Diana and Actaeon, Giselle, and Paquita.

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PNB’s Don Quixote Portrayed by The Turning Point Screen Star Tom Skerritt

Movie and TV star Tom Skerritt, perhaps best known to balletomanes for his portrayal as a former dancer and father to Leslie Browne and husband to Shirley MacLaine in 1977’s The Turning Point, will be appearing in the title role of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Don Quixote.

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Former SF Ballet Dancer Takes Center Stage with Lead Role in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys

Amanda Schull started dancing before she could recite the alphabet, and by the time she was in her second year of college, she was granted a full scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School. Soon she became a performer, occasionally dancing featured roles.

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Great Choreographic Talent Lost in Upheaval of Soviet Revolution

In Soviet Russia in 1930, culture and art were alive, but Stalin was already turning revolution into a brutal state orthodoxy. With the launch of his 1928 five-year plan, and its attendant political persecutions, artists found themselves in serious danger if they were considered to have fallen foul of the official cultural line, reported the Guardian.

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Young Artists Challenge Themselves to Put on Production After Only 24 Hours

On Sunday night in Wausau, Wisconsin, about two dozen sleep-deprived young musicians, dancers, actors, and producers between the ages of 9 and 25 performed a play and a rock ballet that came together in a mere 24 hours.

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History of Dance Theatre of Harlem Told through Traveling Museum Exhibit

More than 250 objects such as costumes, historical photos, set pieces, tour programs and posters, and documentary video excerpts from four ballets are part of the traveling exhibit, Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, running now through March 15 at the Fort Wayne [TX] Museum of Art.

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Successor Sought for Portland Ballet Executive Director Genie O’Brien

Portland [ME] Ballet’s performance last week of The Victorian Nutcracker was spiced with a bit of extra excitement: a surprise pre-show announcement that the ballet’s founder and 35-year executive and artistic director is leaving.

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New NYCB Conductor Recalls Good Advice from Rudolf Nureyev

Before Andrew Litton, who has led orchestras around the world, became a conductor, his first real job was accompanying ballet dancers: as a student at Juilliard, he was hired as the onstage pianist for one of Rudolf Nureyev’s engagements on Broadway.

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Ballet Was “Secret Ingredient” that Helped Trocks Dancer Handle Autism

Philip Martin-Nielson has overcome more than most. He took his first ballet class at 6, three years after being diagnosed with autism. After extensive therapy and the rigor of dance—it was his secret ingredient—Martin-Nielson has found his calling as a ballerina. At 20 he is the youngest member of the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

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Alla “Flying Sizova” Sizova, Once A Leading Ballerina of the Kirov, Dies at Age 75

Alla Sizova, one of the leading ballerinas of the Kirov Ballet during the 1960s and ’70s, and an early partner of Rudolf Nureyev, died on November 23 in St. Petersburg, reported the New York Times. She was 75.

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Dancers with Disabilities Shine During New England Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite

New England Ballet Company will perform a special Adaptive Nutcracker Suite today alongside children, teens, and young adults with autism, other developmental disabilities, and in wheelchairs, reported the New Haven [CT] Register.

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Barbara Carson, Founder of Ballet Austin, Dies at Age 87

When Barbara Carson staged Texas’ first full-length production of The Nutcracker in 1960, her Nutcracker prince—Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer George Zoritch—refused to dance with a student, so Carson donned her pointe shoes and danced the role of Sugar Plum Fairy herself.

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Ballet West Hails Opening of New and Improved Ballet Centre

Public officials and guests are getting their first glimpse today of the new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, home to Ballet West and the Ballet West Academy, as well as renovations at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, located adjacent to the Centre at 50 West 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Grand opening ceremonies are being held this afternoon (December 5).

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SAB Annual Workshop Performance To Be Shared with PBS Viewers

Viewers are invited to go behind the scenes to experience the training of the driven young dancers of the School of American Ballet in Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances, to be broadcast December 12 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings).

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December 2014 | Higher-Ed Voice | Jazz Dance x 3

Many American colleges, conservatories, and universities offer dance programs, but few include a concentration in jazz alongside ballet and modern. Although it may seem odd that jazz dance, a truly American art form, isn’t routinely taken as seriously as other dance forms, a few university programs still keep jazz dance education’s flame alive.

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New Head Plans No Changes at 276-Year-Old St. Petersburg Ballet School

A year after former Bolshoi Theatre ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze was appointed acting head of the celebrated St. Petersburg ballet school, prompting criticism in some circles, the staff of the Vaganova Ballet Academy have voted resoundingly to make his position official.

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December 2014 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Shoulder Sits

For a right shoulder sit, start with the female standing in fifth position in front of the male, whose hands are low on her waist; the female assemblés as a preparation.

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December 2014 | EditorSpeak

Where were you on October 1? If you’re a ballet lover, you were probably glued to your computer, watching live feeds from five world-class companies: Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet.

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December 2014 | Ballet Scene | Tutu Fabulous

Making costume confections takes skill, patience, and years of experience By Karen White Take tulle and satin, rhinestones and ribbon. Mix with knowledge and experience. Sprinkle on a creative touch with a dash of daring. Voila! A tutu. “It’s a fantasy thing. It’s so iconic,” says Claudia Folts, a former . . .

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New Sheet Music Book for Ballet Accompanists

The Modern Ballet Pianist, a purveyor of recorded music for ballet class, announces its first sheet music book for ballet accompanists. The Classics: Sheet Music for the Ballet Accompanist features 27 pieces of music by composers ranging from Chopin to Rachmaninoff, and specifically arranged with 4 bars of intro and even phrasing for ballet class. Purchase includes free digital download of The Classics album.

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Patrick Stewart Goes Where No Starship Captain Has Before: Into the Ballet Studio

IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Match, a film starring Patrick Stewart as an aging ballet instructor at The Juilliard School in New York City, written and directed by playwright Stephen Belber and based on his 2004 Broadway play of the same name.

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World’s Tallest Dancer, Fabrice Calmels, Triumphs Over Size Restrictions

For 6-foot-6 Joffrey Ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels, officially named the world’s tallest professional ballet dancer by the Guinness Book of World Records this month, rejection was the rule when he was first starting his professional dance career in France.

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Nutmeg Ballet Founder Sharon Dante Honored For Contributions to Connecticut

The Nutmeg Ballet founder Sharon Dante last week received the CultureMax Award, presented by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to those who have “elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.”

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Through Sweat and Struggle to the Stage: Film Looks at the Making of Ballet 422

A newly released trailer gives New York City Ballet fans a sneak peek at BALLET 422, a film that follows NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck as he crafts a new work—a process that, until this film, had never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.

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Joni Mitchell’s Anti-War Songs Serve as Soulful Soundtrack for Ballet

The more than 100 well-wishers who recently gathered at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum to wish happy birthday to famed folk singer Joni Mitchell saw a screening of The Fiddle and the Drum, a film she edited that features a 2007 ballet performance of the same name that she conceptualized and scored with choreographer Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of Alberta Ballet in Canada.

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Dancers Honored to Keep Balanchine’s Legacy—and His Rubber Plant—Alive

The legend of “The Balanchine Plant” goes back to the 1970s, when George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, gave a clipping of his rubber plant to one of his leading dancers at the time, Karin von Aroldingen.

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